Car Accidents in Summerdale
Car and truck accidents can happen anywhere, anytime – even in a small, rural town like Summerdale. Whether a traffic mishap occurs on the main thoroughfare of Alabama State Route 59 or on one of the other, less-traveled roads around town, those who are involved can face serious personal injuries. Tragically, a family may even lose a loved one in a motor vehicle accident. Although financial compensation cannot undo catastrophic injuries or death, it can go a long way towards helping a family get back on their feet financially following an accident. Knowledgeable Summerdale car accident lawyer Whit A. Thomas handles personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Baldwin County, and he is available to answer any questions that you may have about filing suit against the person responsible for the accident in which you or a loved one was hurt.Obtain Compensation for Car Accident Injuries
Although Summerdale is not a large city, it does have several points of interest, including Naval Outlying Field Summerdale, Alligator Alley, and the Spear Hunting Museum. Families may also find themselves in Summerdale while enjoying the “scenic route” to or from Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan, or Perdido Beach. If another motorist’s failure to act in a reasonably prudent manner causes a car accident in Summerdale, our firm can help the accident victim seek payment for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses caused by the collision.
- About 60% of Alabama car accidents occur in rural areas like Summerdale.
- The vast majority of rural crashes happen on open country roads, although some occur in residential areas or on business property.
- Most Alabama motor vehicle collisions occur within 25 miles of the driver’s home.
- Approximately 65% of Alabama traffic fatalities take place on two-lane roads.
- While less than 1% of Alabama car crashes are fatal, the number of fatalities increases by 6.4 times when alcohol is a factor.
There are four elements that must be proven in an Alabama negligence claim arising from a car crash. First, the accident victim – called the “plaintiff” in court documents – must show that the defendant owed a legal duty to him or her. Drivers owe many duties to one another, to passengers, and even to pedestrians under Alabama law. Many of these duties can be established through local ordinances, state statutes, and existing case law. Once the duty element has been proven, the plaintiff must then show that the duty owed to him or her was breached by the opposing party – the “defendant.”
Once the elements of duty and breach of duty have been shown, the plaintiff must show that he or she was damaged in the accident and that this was the actual and proximate result of the defendant’s breach of duty. The plaintiff has the burden of proving each of these elements by a preponderance of the evidence.Talk to an Experienced Summerdale Car Accident Attorney
There are many issues that can arise in a car accident, one of the most potentially damaging of which is an allegation of contributory negligence. Alabama law is extremely harsh on plaintiffs whose own negligence – however minor – contributed to the cause of a collision, and it is very important that such an assertion be defeated, if the plaintiff is to be successful in his or her negligence suit. The best way to do this is to talk to an attorney as soon as possible after an accident. Experienced personal injury attorney Whit A. Thomas has helped many Alabama families recover fair compensation in automobile accident cases over the years, and he can help you investigate your case in a fair and thorough manner. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (251) 943-9330. We also handle slip and fall cases, work injuries, defective product cases, and medical malpractice claims in and around Foley and Baldwin County.